Board of Directors

Mollie Cole
Career Education Corporation

Mollie Cole is director of communications for the culinary and health division at Career Education Corporation, the world’s largest on-campus provider of private, for-profit postsecondary education.

With more than 20 years experience in the public and private sector, Cole has engineered the launch of regional, statewide and national programs including the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the Office of Women's Business Development at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the National Association of Women's Business Advocates.

Prior to joining Career Education Corporation, Cole was vice-president at Hodge Schindler Integrated Communications and managing director at Schindler Communications. Previously, as managing director at the Chicagoland Commerce, Cole developed the launch strategy, brand identity, client services model and a $1 million capital campaign for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, a regional catalyst that facilitates the growth of emerging businesses.

Cole serves on a number of local and state boards including Community Health Charities Illinois, Leadership Illinois and the Illinois Small Business Development Center Advisory Board. She is a frequent speaker, both locally and nationally on small business development, leadership and women's issues.

Kerry Finnegan
Mercer Health and Benefits

Mr. Finnegan brings Community Health Charities an extensive knowledge base in the world of health care, with emphasis in group insurance, human capital consulting, business development, and strategic planning.

As National Enterprise Practice Leader at Mercer Health and Benefits, he is responsible for overall business direction for this business segment including financial management and product, client process and business development and client service processes. His career-long immersion in health care and health insurance has included executive and sales positions at Aon Corporation, Accord Health Network, Advocate Health Care, and Metropolitan Life Insurance. His experience in high level corporate sales adds particular value to his role at CHCI.

In the volunteer sector, Mr. Finnegan has worked with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic Charities, and has a special interest in care issues for the elderly and Alzheimer's causes. He has been a frequent speaker on managed care and national health care reform issues. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and lives with his family in Elmhurst, IL.

Jeffrey Teske

Advocate Health Systems

Mr. Teske recently joined Advocate as a site compliance officer, having previously been a partner at the Chicago law firm Hogan Marren, Lt.d Earlier, he was in-house counsel for the American Hospital Association and also served in a similar capacity in the Chicago Regional Office of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He has more than 15 years of experience representing hospitals, physicians, physician groups, physician management companies and multi-provider networks in general corporate matters and with respect to healthcare-specific issues. Mr. Teske has also represented trade and professional associations outside and within the healthcare field with respect to corporate formation and operational matters, as well as regarding their advocacy efforts before federal and state governments. Mr. Teske has helped form and obtain federal tax-exempt status designation for several not-for-profit charitable organizations.

Mr. Teske received a B.A.with distinction from Indiana University in 1978 and a J.D. cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in 1982. As an undergraduate, Mr. Teske was selected to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During law school, Mr. Teske and a colleague were Sherman Minton Moot Court Champions.

Mr. Teske has been a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare-related issues. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, where he formerly served as Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group, the Chicago Bar Association, where he formerly served as Chair of the Health and Hospital Law Committee, and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. At Community Health Charities of Illinois, he chairs the Income Development Committee, working to expand the number of companies that sponsor work place charitable giving on behalf of CHCI and its member health organizations.

Jeffrey Stout

Arthritis Foundation - Greater Chicago Chapter

Jeffrey Stout is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Arthritis Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter where he has been a member of their staff since 1985. He has been on several National committees over the years and is a graduate of the Arthritis Foundation’s Leadership Development Program. Mr. Stout was selected by the Arthritis Foundation Staff Association as the 1996 Staff Member of the Year in the area of Administration & Finance.

Mr. Stout was a member of the Strobel Scholars Accounting Program at DePaul University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1986 and his
Master’s degree in accounting in 1989.

William Heffernan

Immediate Past Chairman
Employee Resource Systems

William Heffernan co-founded Employee Resource Systems, Inc. after extensive experience as a corporate consultant specializing in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Drug-Free Workplace program services. Prior to working as a consultant, Mr. Heffernanprovided supervision and counseling for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.

Mr. Heffernan received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He serves as the chairperson for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's Drug-Free Workplace Taskforce. Additionally, Mr. Heffernan sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals. Mr. Heffernan was selected by the Northern Illinois Chapter of the EAPA as the 1999 Employee Assistance Professional of the Year.

Mr. Heffernan has served on the Board of Directors for Community Health Charities since 2002 andas Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2003 until 2007. He was honored by the National Community Health Charities in May 2007 as Volunteer of the Year.

Nancy Amicangelo
Breast Cancer Network of Strength Illinois

Nancy M. Amicangelo, CEO of Breast Cancer Network of Strength Illinois, was the group’s consummate volunteer before assuming her new professional role. Her other volunteer activities, besides the CHCI Board, include serving as a member of the Leader Council at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. She was a founding member of Wilderness Bay Wellness Foundation, served as a member of the City of Chicago Department of Public Health Breast Health Task Force, and is still smiling after serving as a president of her condo association! She currently chairs the CHCI Membership Committee.

She was formerly Executive Director for J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. in Chicago, having been with the company and its predecessors for 17 years, and having worked earlier in all aspects of capital markets in Boston and New York. She was the first woman president of the Government Bond Club of New England.

Jacqueline Berger

University of Illinois at Chicago

Jacqueline Berger is Communications Coordinator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For many years, she coordinated the annual Campus Charitable Fund Drive (which includes Community Health Charities of Illinois) resulting in a 44% increase in annual giving and a significant increase in participation. She serves on the Advisory Board for the State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA), helping plan the statewide SECA campaign, and has been recognized with SECA's Outstanding Achievement Award for five years running. She has been recognized by the American Cancer Society for outstanding work on their campaign, and has served as an Associate Board Member for the ALS Society. Ms. Berger participated as a panelist at the Philanthropy and the Bottom Line Symposium sponsored by Community Health Charities and National City Bank in 2005.

She was awarded her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the Ohio State University in 1993, and has been on staff at the University since then, with a one-year hiatus while she traveled through the southern hemisphere Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, Middle East and Europe exploring different cultures. This resulted in a keynote speech at the SECA Awards luncheon in Springfield, IL, A First Hand Look at Charities in India. More recently she presented a paper on Motivating and Rewarding Your Employees at the First UIC Administrative Staff Leadership Conference. She is currently at the dissertation writing stage in the Ph.D. program in Public Policy-Higher Education.

Peter Bower

Lake Forest Hospital

Mr. Bower is Director of Development at Lake Forest Hospital, having formerly been Associate Director and Senior Event Marketing Representative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a CHCI member charity.

Before joining the St. Jude organization in 2003, he was a conference producer in the life sciences industry for Marcus Evans. Mr. Bower graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major, international management and German – and combined both fields of interest by studying international business in Germany at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg.

Barbara Flom

Ms. Flom , an attorney in private practice, was formerly a partner of the Tax Group at Chicago law firm Jenner & Block LLC. She has a special interest in working both professionally and as a volunteer with tax-exempt organizations. In addition to her role with Community Health Charities, she serves as Secretary of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago, and is the immediate past president of the University of Chicago Women's Business Group, the alumnae association of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She is also a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. She has served as outside general counsel for America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest anti-hunger organization.

Ms. Flom was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2000, and frequently speaks at conferences and professional education seminars around the country, on topics dealing with tax exempt organizations, charitable giving techniques, taxation of hedge funds, etc. She attended Northwestern University, and received both MBA and JD degrees from the University of Chicago.

Nancy Harris
American Diabetes Association

Nancy C. Harris is Senior Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Northern Illinois/Northern Indiana area, providing leadership in the development of strategic plans for increasing the scope of the organization’s programs and events.

Prior to joining the ADA in 2002, Nancy was an Executive Director of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Prairie Land area where her accomplishments in revitalizing two under-performing areas led to her promotion to Regional Vice President in the Lake County area. Her experience in piloting corporate development programs and establishing partnerships with major corporations, donors, volunteers and community leaders, increasing income in two years by 180%, signals the qualities which make her such a valuable addition to the CHCI Board. Before joining ACS, Nancy spent over 17 years in managerial positions in the culinary field, developing and implementing budgets, planning, organizing and coordinating conferences, annual meetings, fund raising events, seminars, charitable and social functions.Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a Minor in English from the University of Nebraska.

Thomas E. Herman
Ariel Capital Management, LLC

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Herman is responsible for financial planning, reporting, risk management, treasury functions, shareholder relations and facilities management; and the Principal Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ariel Mutual Funds and the Financial and Operational Principal for Ariel Distributors, LLC. He joined Ariel in 2004 and has held various leadership positions with the firm, most recently Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer.

Previously, Mr. Herman spent 13 years in various positions at Otis Elevator Company including regional financial manager. He started his career as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney working on the design and development of gas turbine engines. Mr. Herman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University; received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Herman is a member of Financial Executive International, the American Institute of CPAs and the Illinois CPA Society; and serves on the Chicago Children’s Theatre Board of Directors.

Heidi Thompson
Marketing Executive

Heidi Thompson's career has included both the charity sector, most notably with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the corporate world as an account director with At Last Marketing Group.. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, she has served with Dale Carnegie Training, Maxim Group Recruiting, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the John Gillespie for the U.S. Senate campaign.

Her service on the CHCI Board is just one of her volunteer outlets, her other organizations of choice having included Special Olympics and Future Focus.

Susan Tybon

Autism Speaks

Susan Tybon is Executive Director of the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest nonprofit organization helping individuals dealing with Autism. She has had over 16 years of experience working in nonprofit management, with several cancer service and hospice organizations, including starting the second cancer wellness center in the United States. Her interest in health and wellness not only propels her vocationally, but has also led her to volunteer her time to help individuals living with AIDS.

Susan Tybon holds a Master’s degree in community health psychology and earned a bachelors degree in psychology. She is a member of Women in Business and of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Her election to the Board of Community Health Charities of Illinois was preceded by an active role on its Marketing Committee. Ms. Tybon is a resident of Algonquin IL.

Gail Wilson


Gail J.H. Wilson recently retired as State Director of the Illinois Chapter of March of Dimes to complete her dissertation and earn her doctorate in health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.. She was Director of the Chicago Healthy Steps Program at Advocate Health Care immediately prior to joining the March of Dimes. She served for twenty years at the University of Chicago Hospitals, most recently as Vice-President of Physician Services and Director of The Chicago Lying- in Hospital. She was also on the faculty of Boston University's School of Nursing and Clinical Director of Community Health Nursing at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Ms. Wilson received her B.S. in nursing and M.S. in education from the University of Michigan, and her M.P.H in health services administration from Harvard University.

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